I just proofread an article of mine which had been copy-edited, in the process of which all my whichs (and some whos) had been changed into thats! Copy-editors tend to be anonymous, but I bet this person was American. Another which-hunter caught!
To put the final (well, almost final) touches on my study of usage guides and usage problems, I decided to have one more survey, on the acceptability of –lily adverbs. These are words like cowardlily, ghastlily, heavenlily, livelily, lovelily, lowlily, manlily, mannerlily, scholarlily and statelily, which several usage guides claim should be used since all adverbs should be marked by –ly, even if the adjective concerned already ends in –ly.
Microsoft Word, as I saw in the chapter I'(re)writing, only accepts the form livelily. What do readers of this blog think, are these forms acceptable or not? Please let me have your opinions, and fill in the survey — the last one for my book, I promise!
Anne Curzan (Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History, Cambridge University Press, 2014) has recently(?) launched an “English Grammar Boot Camp” with The Great Courses. This is “a thorough immersion in all of the key elements of English grammar and usage”, in twenty-four lectures, from “Why Do We Care about Grammar?” to “Trending Language”. This is not a MOOC but a paid-for course, either as DVD or Video Download. Might be interesting!
… a chapter on prescriptivism. True recognition of an important approach and an interesting perspective on the subject. Congratulations Laurel Brinton!
A very positive review has recently appeared of our book Prescription and Tradition in Language, in the Kelvingrove Review, issue 16, called “Rise and Fall” (pp. 15-16). The review is by Colin Reilly from the University of Glasgow, who highlights several important points about the book, and only notes (rightly, in our view!) that more languages could have been dealt with, and that particularly languages from South America are not represented.
… interview with Carmen Ebner about her PhD thesis, which she successfully defended on Tuesday, this time in the Leiden University weekly Mare. The interview is even announced as a feature article on the front page.